Shilpa Shetty: The Biography
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The book itself consists of a very distinct 2 halves, with the first being a review of the events of the Celebrity Big Brother 2007 television series, shown on Channel 4 earlier this year. Whilst the reader is left free to form their own opinions, the author sums up the main events as being “a conflict over class … with race as the weapon rather than the motive behind it all” (2nd half, pg 264).
The second half is then a comparatively short biography of the Bollywood actress, with further details of her career, family and personal life. This creates both an intriguing insight into Shilpa’s current European appeal, and a readily accessible first introduction to the nature of the Bollywood film industry. The details behind some of Shilpa’s decisions also cast an interesting light on some of the difficulties being faced by a developing nation, with one of the world’s fastest growing economies, trying to preserve its heritage and values in a modernised world. This is therefore a hugely entertaining, educational and informative read, which can be enjoyed as a TV report, a film biography (Chapter 8 onwards), or as something more than the sum of its parts.
This is a second copy of the book to share around, with details of the release to follow.